Former BG coach wins fourth National Championship

Sean Shapiro and Sean Shapiro

DETROIT — On the strength of four third-period goals and solid goaltending from John Muse, Boston College defeated Wisconsin 5-0 to win the 2010 National Championship.

For Boston College head coach Jerry York, it was his fourth National Championship — three with Boston College, one with BG — and the win also proved to be his 850th career victory.

York, who served as the coach at BG from 1979 to 1994, won his first national title in 1984 when BG defeated Minnesota-Duluth in quadruple overtime.

While the 1984 Championship was the longest game in NCAA title game history, Saturday’s win over Wisconsin came much easier for the 38-year coaching veteran.

Boston College led 1-0 after two periods and then coasted to the National Championship with four third-period goals, two by forward Cam Atkinson.

“There were tight battles. We weren’t thinking of breaking the game open, we were thinking of trying to continue to play what we call Eagle hockey: not be affected by the score, not, ‘Hey, let’s protect the 1-0 lead,'” York said.

While it was the offense that opened up the game in the third period, Muse was superb in the Eagle net, stopping all 20 shots he faced while improving to 8-0 all-time in NCAA tournament games.

After the win, York reflected on how the 2010 national title was similar to the 1984 championship with BG.

“I think there’s a lot of similarities. I had mentioned to my team tonight before the game that I’ve coached a lot of teams that have gone to the national championship game, but three have won the right to put their name on the trophy and those three, all three, shared common maybe attributes I look at,” York said.

York also won championships in 2001 and 2008 with Boston College.